Also called ‘Nora Nependa Orphanage’, Witvlei Childrens Home is 157 Km East from Namibia’s capital along the B6 road, in a small village called Witvlei, shortly before getting to Gobabis. Nora Nependa is a local woman, an entrepreneur who leads this orphanage since 2001. There are more than 30 children and teenagers, and Nora takes care of them providing shelter and food, with help of her own means and occasional donations.
How can you help?
Any person visiting Witvlei Childrens Home can help. You can simply camp there and pay the night’s fee, or you can stay longer and help Nora with the vegetable garden and the goats. Nora’s plan is also to produce enough fruits and vegetables to sell them for a profit. They only ask that you give them a call in advance (+25462570023 / +264813083886), so they can prepare for your visit. Also, if you want to bring them anything, it is better to call them and ask what they may need instead of guessing and bringing something they might already have.
Last time we were there, Nora was preparing and collecting funds for the children to have a trip around Namibia and see their own country. It is shocking when you think of it, how many tourists come and travel around Namibia, but the very people who live here cannot afford to do it.
We personally love this place, because we found it through a series of coincidences due to our own dumbness! Our first plan that day was to get from Windhoek to Gobabis (200 km). We thought we would certainly find a gas station along the road, so we left with only 1/4 our tank full. By the time we were in Witvlei, we were seriously worried because the tank’s red light was screaming for a refill. We stopped in Witvlei and asked in Ziggy’s Guesthouse (see map below) about the Gas Pump by his guesthouse, but to our dismay it had been dry and closed since the company operating it decided it wasn’t profitable enough.
Ziggy was very kind and gave us a Jerry can. Our plan was to keep driving slowly towards Gobabis until the car gave out, then hitchhike/walk with the jerry can, fill it up and come back for the car. In the end the gas miraculously lasted enough, and we could fill our tank in Gobabis and return to Ziggy’s, having learnt an important lesson: Always fill your tank in Namibia when you can, don’t wait.
Back in Witvlei we told Ziggy the reason of our trip: We were looking for entrepreneurial locals, especially women who would be happy to receive tourists. Ziggy told us about Nora’s Orphanage and we went on to visit her.
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